Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

Americans Abroad

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

Adam Henley 1 (Getty Images)

By FRANCO PANIZO

If Brad Guzan retains his spot in Aston Villa's starting lineup this weekend, we are in for a treat.

Guzan and the Villans host Landon Donovan, Tim Howard and Everton on Saturday in arguably the biggest match-up involving Americans this weekend. Should he get the nod, Guzan will aim for his second clean sheet of the season, while Donovan attempts to score his first goal since returning to the Toffees.

That is not the only match-up worth watching. Clint Dempsey and Adam Henley (pictured) are set to square off when Fulham visits Blackburn. Dempsey is in red-hot form, and it will be up to Henley and the rest of the Rovers' defense to keep the U.S. international off the scoresheet.

There is also a duel between Americans over in Mexico, where Jose Torres and Pachuca host DaMarcus Beasley and Puebla. Both sides opened their Clausura campaigns with scoreless draws, so they will both be hungry for goals and a win.

Here is who the Americans Abroad face this weekend:

FRIDAY

Michael Orozco Fiscal and San Luis play Estudiantes Tecos U.A. de G.

SATURDAY

Brad Guzan, Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa play Tim Howard, Landon Donovan, Marcus Hahnemann and Everton. (Lichaj is out injured.)

Adam Henley and Blackburn Rovers play Clint Dempsey and Fulham.

Stuart Holden and Bolton Wanderers play Manchester United. (Holden is out injured.)

Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur play Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Zak Whitbread and Norwich City play West Bromwich Albion.

Conor Doyle and Derby County play Coventry City.

Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City play Millwall.

Robbie Findley and Nottingham Forest play Southampton.

Daniel Potts, George John and West Ham United play Portsmouth. (John is not available for selection, according to manager Sam Allardyce.)

Mike Grella and Brentford play Anton Peterlin and Walsall.

Frank Simek and Carlisle United play Milton Keynes Dons.

Maurice Edu, Alejandro Bedoya, Carlos Bocanegra and Rangers play St Johnstone.

Dominic Cervi and Greenock Morton play Raith Rovers.

Quentin Westberg and Evian Thonon Gaillard play Dijon FCO.

Adrian Ruelas and Jaguares de Chiapas play Chivas de Guadalajara.

Jose Torres and Pachuca play DaMarcus Beasley and Puebla.

Jonathan Bornstein and Tigres UANL play Queretaro.

Joe Corona, Edgar Castillo, Greg Garza and Club Tijuana play Monterrey.

Sonny Guadarrama and Atlante play Herculez Gomez and Santos Laguna.

SUNDAY

Michael Bradley and Chievo Verona play Palermo.

Oguchi Onyewu and Sporting CP play Braga.

Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht play Club Brugge.

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Which matches are you most looking forward to? Think Donovan, Howard and Everton will defeat Guzan and Aston Villa? How do you see Henley faring against Dempsey and Fulham? Who will have a bigger game, Beasley or Torres?

Share your thoughts below.

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